Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Sea Pictures from DOVER: Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with some further coverage of the surrounding ports.

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Post 6781
  matcham, Dover
Well I was here when we went in and still here now that we have come out of the EU, that is good news and the port will still grow .

Friday, 31 January 2020 - 11:22
Post 6780
  Sea News, Dover



Ahead of Britain’s departure from the EU this Friday 31st January, P&O Ferries has extended its ‘Brexit buffer’ offer allowing free cancellation across all routes until the end of February, reassuring its passengers that it’s business as usual.

The offer, which is valid across all ticket types and routes for travel between now and 29th February 2020, guarantees that crossings can be cancelled free of charge when booked directly through P&O Ferries. The extension of the offer, originally introduced in 2019, aims to encourage passengers to continue to book to mainland Europe with confidence.

Sarah Rosier, Director of Passenger Sales at P&O Ferries, said, “As Britain enters an important period of transition, P&O Ferries wants to reassure its passengers that they can continue to book their travel with complete confidence.

“We have been sailing in and out of Europe for over 180 years, and so, while Britain focuses on formulating its future agreement with the EU, our passengers can rest assured that we are perfectly positioned to manage any Brexit-related issues, should they impact their travel plans. As the situation currently stands, we don’t anticipate any changes to passenger travel until the end of 2020.”

At a time when how we travel is considered as important as where we travel, Brits can look to P&O Ferries to provide a memorable European break taken at their own pace, whether that’s on foot, bicycle, car or campervan. Offering up to 23, 90-minute sailings a day from Dover to Calais, it’s never been easier to get to France and beyond. In addition, overnight routes between Hull and Rotterdam and Zeebrugge offer comfy cabins, extensive dining experiences and on-board entertainment. Finally, a scenic sailing from Cairnryan to Larne is the shortest way to cross the Irish Sea, allowing travellers to immerse themselves in its spectacular sights, including Northern Ireland’s magnificent Causeway Coast.

To provide further peace of mind to its passengers, P&O Ferries has put together some top tips offering advice to those travelling to Europe after Brexit.

1. Passports

Travellers, whether an adult or a child, visiting the EU after 31st January are advised to have a passport with at least six months validity from the date of arrival in the EU. It is recommended that Brits with soon-to-expire passports apply for a new one as soon as possible, to avoid being caught up in the inevitable rush to renew.

2. Visas

For the time being, travellers will not need a visa to travel to the EU. However, from 2021 the European Commission is rolling out a new U.S. style electronic travel authorisation system for non-EU visitors, called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). British citizens, as third country nationals, will need to pay a fee expected to be 7Euro (£6.00) for visa-exempt travel, which will likely be valid for three years.

3. Travel to the Republic of Ireland

Travel between Britain and Ireland is covered by the Common Travel Area, a long-standing arrangement which covers Britain, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland, allowing free travel between these areas without the need for a passport. The Government has indicated that this commitment will stay the same after Britain leaves the EU.

For more information about P&O Ferries, visit www.poferries.com.


New dawn.

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Many thanks once again to the P&O team for all the latest info. Very welcome. Smiley

Extra: The eagle-eyed will have noticed that we have lost a couple of post numbers this morning...
this is due to an intrusion...unfortunate.



Friday, 31 January 2020 - 06:02
Post 6777
  Sea News, Dover
Mike mentioned in post 6774 that the breeze was just strong enough to warrant tug assistance...Tug Dauntless was out in the bay on same day ready to lend assistance if called upon. The Pride of Burgundy made that call and the slumbering tug burst into life.....

The 172,000 ton CMA CGM Argentina moving south a couple of days ago...the picture marks the return of brighter conditions a couple of days ago after a very grey period. This ship is fairly brand spanking new..less than one year old... launched 2019.

Smiley Good to hear from you Vic...yes you will need to have a trip over on those new ferries for sure, an exciting prospect isn't it. Happy New Year to you toooo…

The new ferries...see the P&O post 6775.


Thursday, 30 January 2020 - 06:08
Post 6776
  matcham, Dover
Well I am still about, one year older .Thank you again for the great photos we get year by year of the port which is getting bigger and better each time you look at it,and the new ships that cross over are also getting bigger, hope we get on one of the new ones in two years time.Well happy new year all, better late then never,SmileySmiley

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 - 09:18
Post 6775
  Sea News, Dover


Release time: immediate

P&O FERRIES today releases the first official images of the 260 million new generation of super-ferries which will transform the experience of travelling between Britain and the Continent.

The largest ships ever to sail between Dover and Calais, the first of the 230-metre super-ferries will be operational by 2023.

David Stretch, Managing Director - Short Routes at P&O Ferries, said: "These remarkable images provide a glimpse of the transformation which our customers will experience when they travel between Britain and Europe on the most sustainable, most reliable and most customer friendly ships ever to sail on the route."

"This major investment will be a vital part of Europe's transport infrastructure into the 2040s and symbolises our commitment to making trade flow for our customers."

Major innovations of the new super-ferries will include:

Cutting fuel use by 40 per cent through a combination of fuel and battery propulsion.

The heat recovery system saves fuel which reduces the vessel's carbon footprint.

Future proofing anticipates the zero carbon emissions ship.

A double-ended design and two bridges on the ship, meaning that there is no need for it to turn around.

Outside deck areas to provide viewing platforms of the White Cliffs of Dover.

Panoramic sea views for passengers.

A power management system to efficiently close down parts of the ship when not in use.

A revolutionary new shape of hull for the English Channel and azimuth thrusters which increase manoeuvrability of the ship.

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing 27,000 times a year on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units every year.

Together with its logistics business, P&O Ferrymasters, the company also operates integrated road and rail links to countries across the continent including Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and Romania, and facilitates the onward movement of goods to Britain from Asian countries via the Silk Road. P&O Ferries is part of DP World, the leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain.


Many thanks once again to the team at P&O Ferries.Smiley

NOTE: We will have difficulty reading the notes on the final picture but unfortunately it cant be helped...we're trying to fit a large pic into our relatively small slot...even though we have increased our size lately. It may be possible to zoom-in on your computer...

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Thanks to our 'inshore correspondent' Mike once again for the excellent pix below...Smiley



Wednesday, 29 January 2020 - 07:27
Post 6774
  Mike J., Dover

A sunny but chilly stroll on the cliffs on Tuesday afternoon with enough wind for some of the ferries to take tugs.

Weather delays & reduced capacity with ferries off for refit caused freight to build rapidly.

DFDS on the lefthand check in booths with P&O in the right as DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS makes her approach

The disused linkspan by the Eastern Arm is soon to be demolished & the old reefer sheds on the DCT face an uncertain future.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 - 01:57
Post 6773
  Sea News, Dover
Another picture of Border Force Searcher above there, this one to run in harmony with the picture currently at the top of page...both taken at roughly the same time in the foggy conditions a couple of days ago...some artwork needed to reduce the fog in the pix. Up to 28 migrants rescued in the past few days, initial estimates suggested seven but the figure was upgraded. Busy times for Border Force. You can see the wildlife in the picture going their way too... or are they..?

The Obelisk !
The platform showing below is situated in the castle grounds. It overlooks the harbour and offers striking views in normal times, in recent days it has taken on a new demeanour. The flagpole, well it looks like a flagpole but is it just a flagpole?...well it has acquired extensive scaffolding... I mean what can ye do with a flagpole...?! The new structure seems to dominate the landscape...
The 'viewing platform' was formerly used as an Admiralty Lookout and Signalling Station in WW2 ...

Will aim to have new P&O info and imagery tomorrow...just need to sort it all..


Tuesday, 28 January 2020 - 06:16
Post 6772
  Sea News, Dover

Get Set to Go Places in 2020 - White Cliffs Country Visitor Guide Launched

As White Cliffs Country looks forward to an exciting year ahead in 2020, including The 149th Open coming to Royal St George’s in Sandwich, Dover District Council has published a striking new Visitor Guide packed with information for all the family.

The 53-page guide is designed and produced in-house by DDC, and showcases the unique tourism offer in the district, highlighting a range of diverse visitor attractions, events and leisure activities throughout Deal, Dover, Sandwich and the surrounding coast and countryside.

The Visitor Guide provides a great introduction to the district and features a whole range of helpful information to inspire visitors, with eye-catching new artwork, pictures and maps. The guide includes ten good reasons to visit the area, including: our world-famous White Cliffs; impressive history and heritage; stunning coastline; beautiful countryside; perfect places for walking and cycling; exhilarating coastal activities and outdoor pursuits; culinary delights; quirky hidden gems; the chance to relax with some retail therapy; and vibrant festivals and regattas.

Cllr MJ Holloway, DDC Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: "It’s going to be a great year in White Cliffs Country, as tourism continues on its upward trajectory, supported by our work on our dynamic new Tourism and Visitor Economy Strategy. As well as a range of stunning attractions and events in White Cliffs Country in 2020, the area is honoured to be hosting The 149th Open at Royal St George’s this summer.

"The district has something for everyone, with excellent transport connections, year-round family-based attractions and great local hospitality, amazing facilities, as well as breath-taking heritage and landscapes. Whether people are visiting for great days out, family holidays, or visiting and returning to the district for world-class sport, we look forward to welcoming visitors throughout the year."

Copies of the 2020 Visitor Guide are available from the Visitor Information Centres in Deal, Dover and Sandwich, or online at www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk


Many thanks to the team at DDC for the info above..Smiley

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You will have seen me referring to the gloom on Saturday morning in my recent post...well the miserable conditions didn't put these sailing guys n gals off....loads of them took to the water on Saturday and it cheered a viewer up...all those colours were a delight in the deep midwinter gloom...

Readying for the off above... there were many more...

The cavalry charge to the see...and yes there were many more..

And below a little later as the light improved a tad, cheerful, colourful, skilful ...

Don't miss the collection from Ramsgate below..Great Stuff Mike ! Smiley



Monday, 27 January 2020 - 07:51
Post 6771
  Mike J., Dover

A quiet Sunday morning at Ramsgate, with just a little work taking place on the bunker tanker DISTRIBUTOR on the slipway.
She normally works on the Thames.

Laid up in the Inner Harbour, [AKA the 'Inner Marina'] were windcats CWIND FULMAR & GALLION

GARDIAN 3 was tucked up at the at the eastern end of the dock with the elegant 'Clock House' in the background.
The bows of the DISTRIBUTOR can [just] be seen on the left.

Monday, 27 January 2020 - 02:52
Post 6770
  Sea News, Dover
We understand there were 7 migrants picked up yesterday. The overall weather condition was foggy...in the pictures above, through said fog and mist, you can see the Dover Lifeboat returning to Port here in Dover towing a dinghy...you can just see the dinghy in the top shot. With the naked eye at the time yours truly didn't spot it until the Lifeboat came closer to Port, as seen in pic 2 below. Following along behind is the Border Force...this time Border Force Searcher....

It was very gloomy early yesterday with the fog...the crow below seemed to fit the gloom perfectly, like an extra from a Hammer Horror...

Great spot below Mike....will watch for that. Seems a bit odd/unusual without a logo on the funnel. Still, changing times..Smiley


Sunday, 26 January 2020 - 05:56
Post 6769
  Mike J., Dover

The end of the Maltese Cross ?

I’m not sure when the COTE DES DUNES returned from her January refit, but it was only Thursday that I noticed that she now carries DFDS lettered on her funnel in place of the familiar DFDS Maltese Cross.

Presumably this ‘rebranding’ will be seen on other vessels as they return from refit.

Saturday, 25 January 2020 - 01:41
Post 6768
  Sea News, Dover
Hekla loading grain...

Some final pictures above there of Hekla to make up for the one yours truly failed to deliver yesterday, these taken on wednesday just prior to her departure for Rotterdam...and you can see the grain being pumped/conveyed onto the ship there with gusto...

Below we have Border Force Searcher the same day...very grey early morning, very grey vessel... but the migrant activity continues, with up to 50 intercepted this week. It was cold out there...


Friday, 24 January 2020 - 07:38
Post 6767
  Sea News, Dover

Top picture there shows general cargo ship Hekla arriving at the 'grain' pier WD4 on Tuesday morning at 07.30. All was fine on a misty morning ( do you see the tall sailing ship in the distance at the top of picture one above...missed that completely, never even saw it until I sorted these pix on the computer later! doh! must have been the misty conditions!!)) The second picture shows Hekla approaching the pier a few minutes earlier with pilot boat in sharp attendance. All was fine...yours truly had a third picture to go up right here, but on further inspection this morning have decided to scrap the picture...it was ermmm ...far too grainy!!Smiley
Can the jokes get worse than this..Smiley

However will have two more pictures of the ship taken yesterday to follow in due course.. to complete things.
Hekla left last night at 7pm - destination Rotterdam.

Now back to the stunning sunrise of Monday as promised.
First picture here...well it probably should have been in the sequence yesterday but better late than never. It shows the Spirit of France ferry blowing a huge bubble from the funnel...well I joke of course. But it almost looks that way. This is a lucky shot because the intention of producing this image was far from mind... just get the pic in the bag was the aim...
Sunrise and the Dover ferry.

We mentioned yesterday...before the sun arrived the sky was even more dramatic....here it is below....
nature at work...
Sunrise at Dover...above and below...


Thursday, 23 January 2020 - 07:01
Post 6766
  Sea News, Dover
Ferry consumed by the Sun - well perhaps not quite...

The Dazzling Sun on the Calais Dover run...

The Sun dominates all...as we gaze at the striking skies of Monday morning. It was even more fab before the sun appeared. It was one of those special days for 'the sunrise extraordinaire'. Will aim to have another pic or two showing the sky prior to the sun appearing...bear with...

The ferry featured is the P&O Spirit of France....on the early run to Calais.
Had many more pictures, trying to select which ones to use was the difficult bit... Smiley nice problem to have!

Also.. in port is Hekla another general cargo/grain ship now over at WD4...the grain terminal. Will have pictures.


Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - 07:02
Post 6765
  Sea News, Dover
The Bow Sun oil/chemical tanker coming down the misty channel yesterday morning just before midday. She is on her way from Antwerp to Wilmington in the USA...the ship just caught the eye amongst many others...perhaps its the red colour...
See also the earlier post below...

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 07:56
Post 6764
  Sea News, Dover
Lady Rosebay departing last evening..
time of pictures 16.50 (or 10 minutes to 5 in old money!)

Although there was still some light, it was just that bit too dark by the time Lady Rosebay left the port last evening..we were hoping for a few longer range shots but it wasn't possible. The pictures above are in fact brightened up a tad but you can nevertheless just see the lights of Boulogne shimmering away in the distant background. Away she goes there with a full load of containers for Vlissingen, having been with us here in the Port of Dover for about 20 hours.

An image below from a former visit in brighter times...


Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 04:44
Post 6763
  Sea News, Dover
"I See No Ships...."
This is the scene yesterday morning Sunday at 07.41...yours truly gazes out and sees...
nothing at all ! Yikes Smiley

Gadzooks! Where is everybody!!?

No ferries at all.
Twenty minutes later one sees a ferry approaching in the distance...
I thought.. oh no more strikes or something...
but no.. all seemed to be normal upon investigation, perhaps 'twas just a glitch in the timing. Very unusual to see no ferries in Dover.

The picture below is a recent picture of Lady Rosebay. It was taken in mid December and shows the reefer over at the new western cargo terminal. Well she is back...will aim to get some pictures. The ship came in to port in the dead of night, probably close to midnight. Busy ship.. already been back and forth across the wide Atlantic since the picture was taken.

You can see in the pic below her bow facing towards the camera, facing east...this time her stern faces east. Interesting.. a change of preference already... puzzled ! Smiley


Monday, 20 January 2020 - 07:29
Post 6762
  Sea News, Dover
A general picture of the cranes today...they are normally situated at the new western cargo terminal WD5 but they are something of a 'moveable feast' and impressively so....here you see them on 'walkabout' over at WD4...the new grain pier. also in picture you can just see, against the light, Fluvius Teign to the left. Both Fluvius Teign and Merit have left us now.


Sunday, 19 January 2020 - 07:31
Post 6761
  Sea News, Dover
MERIT arrives here at the Port of Dover
...catching up with these pictures at last, all taken on Wednesday around midday.

The sequence shows the strikingly coloured Merit arriving with a cargo of biomass timber and moving across the harbour to the new pier/cargo terminal WD5. You can see the dockside crew there in the last shot waiting to engage.
Don't miss the deal in the post below if you are thinking of popping over.Smiley


Saturday, 18 January 2020 - 07:00
Post 6760
  Sea News, Dover


P&O Pride of Hull

Dubbed the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday (20th January) marks the point when the Christmas lights have truly gone out, new year’s resolutions are already a distant memory and to top it all off, it’s still cold and dark. Helping you to sail through the blues, P&O Ferries has launched a series of incredible offers to take advantage of this January.

Dover to Calais – Free fuel when you sail

To help you on your way, P&O Ferries is offering a free fuel voucher worth £30 when you book a trip by 31st January, for travel up to 18th December 2020. The Dover to Calais crossing takes just 90-minutes and with up to 23 sailings a day, it ensures a flexible and streamlined experience. Whether you’re heading across the Channel to explore the grand boulevards and smart boutiques of Paris, to potter around one of France’s quaint market towns or to journey across the continent, there are a multitude of options at your fingertips.

If you simply can’t wait to get away, P&O Ferries is also offering £15 worth of free fuel to those who book a day trip to France by 12th February 2020, for travel between now and 14th February 2020. From exploring parts of the stunning Opal Coast which stretches out for 120km between Calais and Berck-sur-Mer, to visiting Nausicaa, Europe’s largest aquarium or learning about Calais’ fascinating role in the history of lace at the renowned Centre for Lace and Fashion, travellers will not be short of places to fill up their day.

Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge – 10% off North Sea routes

Sailing from England’s north east coast, travellers can snap up a 10% discount on P&O Ferries’ overnight sailings between Hull and Rotterdam and Hull and Zeebrugge. Valid for travel up to 30th December 2020, the offer is available on any single or return trip booked up to 31st January 2020. From these European ports, the only tricky decision is to decide where your end destination is. From the charming medieval town of Bruges, to up-and-coming design hotspot Rotterdam and beyond, there is a place to suit everyone’s desires.

Sarah Rosier, Director of Passenger Sales at P&O Ferries, said, "Here in the UK we’re so lucky to have the continent on our doorstep. Whether you buy into the January blues or not, what better way to end one of the coldest months of the year than by taking advantage of one of P&O Ferries’ exclusive offers."

For more information about P&O Ferries and details about the offers above, visit www.poferries.com.

Spirit of France


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Mike tipped me off to this one below passing on Wednesday evening....Dutch Assault Vessel Johan de Witt. Managed to get some late-in-the-day pictures and here we are...

"HNLMS Johan de Witt is the second Landing Platform Dock amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy. It is an improved design of Rotterdam, which was designed in conjunction between the Netherlands and Spain. The ship, displacing 16,800 tons, was launched in February 2007. The motto of the ship is Ago Quod Ago, translated as I do what I do"

Courtesy Wikipedia

and finally...

Fluvius Teign loading grain late yesterday...
The second picture being a closer crop of the first to show more detail..hopefully..

Yes indeed Jan and Patrick...that's living the dream for sure (see 6755). A great story..Smiley

Well done Mike with the latest shots of both the traffic pictures and Fluvius TeignSmiley
Will have pictures of Merit along next.

My thanks to the team at P&O once again.Smiley



Friday, 17 January 2020 - 08:10
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